Last week the Boston Globe ran an online feature about New England's Best Ice Cream. As would be expected, it mostly celebrates ice cream places in proximity to Boston and Cambridge. A weekend or so ago, I visited one of the places mentioned, Shaw Farm in Dracut. I highly recommend it, and, if you have kids, there's the added bonus of seeing cows and a donkey!
It may be a stretch, but you can make your own ice cream at home. We have a number of books that can show you how including Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams at Home by Jeni Britton Bauer [641.862 BAU], which takes you from equipment through to finished product. More than 100 recipes are found within.